history, Christianity, early christianity, christian origins, new testament, judaism, apostle paul, greco-roman world
, 1 Thessalonians
, New Testament
, Christian origins
This second episode looks at the situation among followers of Jesus at Thessalonica in Macedonia in the mid-first century. Considering the ethnic and social makeup of the earliest Christians, this episode also discusses two main problems faced by these followers of Jesus: “afflictions” and the death of fellow-followers of Jesus. This prepares the way for episode three, which will look at how Paul responds to this situation in his letter, known as 1 Thessalonians in the New Testament. This episode is part of series one (”Paul and his Communities”) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast.